Pork Roll...had to try it!

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DougE

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You don't really need the ham press for Taylor ham. I just use large diameter Fibrous casings. You can even find muslin casings for a more traditional Taylor ham. I find the fibrous casings to be sufficient.
 
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You don't really need the ham press for Taylor ham. I just use large diameter Fibrous casings. You can even find muslin casings for a more traditional Taylor ham. I find the fibrous casings to be sufficient.
Exactly what Doug said :) I've made it in fibrous 2.5", 2.9", and 4". Also a poly meat bag. Also the cloth bags. And some spam last night that is pretty much Taylor pork roll without any acid, in a stainless cylinder. Pretty much anything will work!
 
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Not gonna be able to do low salt and still be recognizably a pork roll... the classic and 90% of market, Taylor, is 2.5% salt, and that saltiness along with white pepper defines the flavor. You could make something out of pork with low salt, that your wife might like... but calling it a pork roll won't make it one. Without the salt, you approach a coarse baloney, basically.

However, I think you could make a spam thing and be OK. This is like spam but with a bit more sausage texture, less gel.

I don't know what your sodium goal is for your wife, but knowing that would be helpful--tons of folks have sodium or blood pressure issues, and knowing what amount of salt is still OK for them would help all of us who might consider making such a product. Your post is the first I ever heard about a medication to counteract sodium and that it has a known limit.

In any case, you'll need to boost other flavors to counteract low salt. I recently experimented with doing that for pork roll. Here is what I would do, for 1kg block.
Forum owner doesn't want out of forum links, so I just copy pasted a long thread I posted at another forum here.

I would use that recipe with it's spice profile, but remove MSG and lower salt to what you want. But you need at least 1% salt for the strong protein extraction needed... most sausage is 1.5 to 2% salt.

Here is pic of spices to get you interested enough to open a new tab and go look. I do think you'd have a good spammy pork roll thing still that your wife would recognize and enjoy!

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I target about a 1% salt level in my sausage. I change the spice levels a bit, but reducing sugars unmasks the salt flavor and many of my coffee club (guinea pig taste testers) have no idea it is a low sodium (and low sugar) product. Maintaining the protein bind is the tricky part especially when I smoke my fresh sausage.
After reading and thinking this out, the best I can hope to achieve is a lower salt product than "out of the can", but not anywhere near the 1% I get in fresh sausage.

A bit dramatic on the HBP meds, but a person on a low salt diet that has an extremely salty meal will pay the consequences for a couple days.

Appreciate the searching you did for me. I had read those posts, too.
Just curious if pork roll

My last side bar post in respect to SherryT SherryT to keep the integrity of her thread.
 
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LOL! I hear ya!

When I joined this forum (late 2017-ish IIRC), I didn't have a smoker, grinder, stuffer, slicer, press, SV, flat top, or anything other than a grill (and even that got replaced by a Smokey Joe...which meant SJ-sized gadgets and hacks).

AND...as soon as I get this whole flat top-thing squared away, I plan on dipping my toe (my little pinkie-toe, mind you!) into fermenting/dry curing...got a lot more research to do first.
When i joined, i had a manual grinder and a smoker made of plywood....

Now I have a 20lb LEM motorized stuffer, a 5lb LEM manual stuffer, a kitchen aide stand mixer. kitchen aide food processor, an electric grinder, a slicer, a propane smoker, an electric smoker, 2 SV devices, Inkbird temp and humidity controller, food saver vac sealer, 2 turkey fryers, an All American 921 pressure canner, presto 23 quart pressure canner, camp chef explorer propane stove, cast iron pans and dutch ovens.........

It never ends!
 
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When i joined, i had a manual grinder and a smoker made of plywood....

Now I have a 20lb LEM motorized stuffer, a 5lb LEM manual stuffer, a kitchen aide stand mixer. kitchen aide food processor, an electric grinder, a slicer, a propane smoker, an electric smoker, 2 SV devices, Inkbird temp and humidity controller, food saver vac sealer, 2 turkey fryers, an All American 921 pressure canner, presto 23 quart pressure canner, camp chef explorer propane stove, cast iron pans and dutch ovens.........

It never ends!
I have a gas smoker, a Big Chief (which I'm using today to smoke bacon), and a modded ECB (my 1st), but what I "want" is a MES.

One day!
 

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At least our "must haves" are mainly to improve the quality of what we are eating.